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Yes, I'm a nerd. 29 26.85%
I'm not a nerd, I'm THE nerd. 5 4.63%
I'm not a nerd, I'm a geek. 67 62.04%
No, I'm not a nerd, but I am more attractive than average. 7 6.48%
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Old 01-31-2009, 10:52 AM   #1
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Are you a nerd?

While reading the thread about how much karma you can give (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37508), I was somehow reminded of how important social hierarchy was back in high school--hope I'm not stepping on any toes

That got me to thinking about the people who join a forum like MobileRead. I would expect this self-selected sample of the population to be above-average in intelligence, probably a little wittier than most, and most certainly more attractive in general

And, well, maybe a little nerdier than average. So I thought maybe a little research might be in order. Are you a nerd?
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Old 01-31-2009, 10:53 AM   #2
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Old 01-31-2009, 10:54 AM   #3
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A lot of nerds, but not so many geeks (techie nerds).
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Old 01-31-2009, 10:59 AM   #4
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i'm not sure i know the difference between "nerd" and "geek" but i'm pretty sure i'm a geek.

edit : and in case that was not clear, i would like to know the difference, if somebody can explain it...
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:03 AM   #5
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i'm not sure i know the difference between "nerd" and "geek" but i'm pretty sure i'm a geek.

edit : and in case that was not clear, i would like to know the difference, if somebody can explain it...
There isn't really..
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:08 AM   #6
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Yes there is. Nerds don't necessarily have any technical skill. Geeks do.
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:09 AM   #7
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oh, well then definitely a geek !!!
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:20 AM   #8
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:53 AM   #9
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I have a lanyard retractor for my name badge that says "geek" so that's how I voted.
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:54 AM   #10
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Well, I'm less of a geek than I thought I was when I joined here...Boy have I had an education in a short span of time! Firmware, formatting, creating ebooks, scripts...my head spins (the sinus headache probably isn't helping that...).
I've always been good with figuring out programs, it's only when it gets into scripting that my brain shuts down, sticks it's fingers in it's (my?) ears and starts singing "LALALALALA"....
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:57 AM   #11
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Old 01-31-2009, 03:36 PM   #12
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Old 01-31-2009, 03:58 PM   #13
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I'll be honest, I answered "I'm a geek" but that is really just a snobbish nerd.
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Old 01-31-2009, 04:11 PM   #14
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Main Entry: geek
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probably from English dialect geek, geck fool, from Low German geck, from Middle Low German
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1 : a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake
So, except for the requirement of being a carnival performer, yeah, I'm a geek.
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Old 01-31-2009, 05:37 PM   #15
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Is this your definition of 'nerd'?

I would expect this self-selected sample of the population to be above-average in intelligence, probably a little wittier than most, and most certainly more attractive in general

Because if it isn't please define 'nerd'. I'm average. Just average. I just like books and mobileread people.

In school I was a nerd, does that count? I mean the unpopular kind. Now, what seems like a million years later, I no longer put labels on myself.

(Lord, its fun to fool with others polls!)

So, how should I vote? Hmmm?
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